Filled with mysterious coves, rocky cliffs and long sandy beaches, Britain’s coastline really is a true wonder. Wrapping around the island for thousands of miles, there are endless miles of coastline to discover. From the rugged shores of Northumberland to the sandy bays of Dorset, Britain’s shoreline is as varied as it is beautiful.
Although there’s no denying that Britain is home to some of world’s most beautiful beaches, there are also plenty of activities to enjoy on a visit. From watersports and rockpools to amusements and some good old fish and chips, here at Parkdean Resorts, we love Britain’s coastline! Below, is why we believe Britain is the perfect destination for a coastal adventure.
One of the main reasons people visit Britain’s coastline is because of the vast array of exciting activities there are to enjoy. Whether you’re a keen walker or fancy a bit of fun on the slot machines, there’s so much to see and do on a trip to the seaside.
If you’re into water sports, a popular surfing hot-spot is Croyde Bay in Devon, where you’ll find a variety of waves to surf throughout the year that are fantastic for all ages. There are also plenty of great coastal paths for you to explore, so you can spectate from the clifftops if you don’t fancy getting your hair wet!
And, of course, a trip to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without visiting a nearby coastal town. One village that should be at the top of your to-do list is Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. Its narrow streets, smuggling past and quirky houses all add to the charm of this picturesque village. Another place to discover is Hastings in East Sussex. From tasting fresh fish to uncovering its medieval past, this popular seaside town is well worth a visit if you’re holidaying along the Sussex coast.
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Wherever you venture along Britain’s coastline, there are lots of local landmarks that will catch your eye, including castles, lighthouses, museums, and so much more! As well as offering a fascinating insight into the history of the local area, many landmarks also provide a stunning backdrop for the perfect family photo.
A great place that the kids will love is Culzean Castle. Overlooking the Firth of Clyde, it’s the grandest castle in Scotland, and children and adults alike will be amazed by its incredible features, such as the oval staircase and painted ceilings. The castle was built in the 18th century, and visitors can learn all about the Kennedy Clan who once lived there. If you enjoy history but you’re holidaying at the other end of the UK, then a trip to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall is a must. Perched on the clifftops and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it’s Britain’s most famous open-air theatre. Take centre stage and imagine how actors would have felt performing there for the first time in 1932.
Some other incredible landmarks along Britain’s coastline that aren’t to be missed include Southend Pier, Blackpool Tower, and Start Point Lighthouse in Devon.
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In the UK, you don’t have to travel far to spot some of the world’s most wonderful wildlife. From dolphins and whales to seals and rare birds, Britain is home to an array of amazing animals, especially along its coastline.
Scotland is one of the best areas in Britain to spot a range of marine wildlife, particularly whales. The Moray Firth, Shetland and the Isle of Mull, are some of the most popular places in Scotland for whale watching. However, if it’s dolphins you’re wanting to see, Cardigan Bay in Wales is home to the UK’s largest pod of dolphins! On a visit, keep your eyes peeled for porpoises, seals and a variety of sea birds too. If you fancy a closer look, there are plenty of boat trips available where you can sail alongside some of these incredible creatures!
Just off the coast of Northumberland are the Farne Islands, where you can enjoy one of the best wildlife experiences in the UK. There are over 80,000 puffins here, as well as more than 2,000 grey seals that call the island home.
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There’s no denying that Britain produces a range of delicious foods. From Cornish pasties to Scottish haggis, take a well-deserved break from exploring and enjoy lots of tasty local delicacies wherever you holiday in the UK.
One food that Britain’s coastline is well known for is fish and chips! Whether you’re visiting the bays of Cornwall or the Scottish Highlands, you’ll definitely stumble across a fish and chip shop. One place to try if you’re holidaying in North Yorkshire is The Magpie in Whitby. People queue for hours just to sample some of Whitby’s freshest seafood, such as haddock and cod, as well as the more decadent dishes on the menu like lobster and oysters. Further down the country is Harbourside in Plymouth, which was shortlisted for Takeaway Fish and Chips Shop of the Year in 2016.
If you’re holidaying in Cornwall, enjoy traditional local delicacies such as Cornish pasties and cream tea. There are many cafes and stalls along the coastline offering up these tasty treats. One place to try a ‘proper’ Cornish pasty is Ann’s Pasties, a brightly coloured shop located on The Lizard. The café is run by a local lady, who learnt how to make this Cornish delicacy from her mother many years ago.
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